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 Posted:   Jan 7, 2013 - 8:25 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

Tell! Tell!

 Posted:   Jan 7, 2013 - 10:15 PM   
 By:   joan hue   (Member)

I agree with Philadelphia Son. I do NOT see (or hear) the attraction of CATS. Buckley's Memory is gorgeous, but the rest of the songs are for me rather tuneless and boring. There is a DVD out there with a Broadway production of CATS. I fell asleep. Then I went to the traveling Broadway show and fell asleep.

 Posted:   Jan 7, 2013 - 11:40 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

For the most part as far as the music i agree, except for the classic MERMORY, which to me touches the right emotional chords.

 Posted:   Jan 7, 2013 - 11:50 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

I am still waiting for neo to move into the Mike Nichols arena of Virginia Woolf.

If I am wrong, just slap my face.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 2:11 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Ok FOLKS- got a question for you theatre lovers. DO YOU THINK CATS would be successful if they did a big film version of it?

No I dont think it would work as a big screen film. Has any ALW musical ever transferred successfully to the big screen? Arguably not. His 'Sunset Boulevard' may prove to be an exception, if done right.

However the video cast filmed for home video release a number of years ago is passable. In fairness, it should be noted CATS is one of the most successful musicals of all time. I believe it played in London's West End for 20+ years.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Being successful and being good aren't the same thing. One only need look at Madonna. Mediocre singer, less than mediocre dancer, and not attractive. However, enormously successful.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 10:54 AM   
 By:   Eric Paddon   (Member)

This month THIS[MOVIE NETWORK] will show the very rare 1980 film HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEMINI

I never saw that play, but anyone who grew up in the New York area in the late 1970s can automatically name two lines from that show thanks to the TV commercials:

"I'm not hungry, I'll just pick." (slurrrrrrrrrp!)

"Take HUMAN bites!"

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 11:56 AM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

Thomas, I would argue that the ALW musical Phantom Of The Opera was made into a wonderful film. It's among my favorites.
I'll never, ever understand why it was simply "dropped" into theatres with almost no publicity, as if the studio was ashamed of it.
It may have flopped financially, but I love the film.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 1:13 PM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Being successful and being good aren't the same thing. One only need look at Madonna. Mediocre singer, less than mediocre dancer, and not attractive. However, enormously successful.

That's your opinion. Obviously other people's definition of good isn't the same as yours. Anyway, you've placed on record before your general dislike of ALW's music.

Thomas, I would argue that the ALW musical Phantom Of The Opera was made into a wonderful film. It's among my favorites.

I'm afraid I don't agree Chris. I like the stage musical, but I felt the film could have been a darker, more sinister affair than the Joel Schumacher camp fest we got served up! And some of the vocal performances weren't suffice for the roles. Of them all, I think Alan Parker's 'EVITA' is the easiest to stomach, and by no means is it a classic.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

You needn't be afraid to disagree with me, Thomas.
It happens to me all the time, and I've learned how to be at peace with it. wink

I'd like to drop Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? for the third, and final time.
I hope one of you theatre mavens out there will pick up the bait.
I've never had the opportunity to see this one on stage, and so all I know is the film.
As I understand it, Uta Hagen played the role of Martha on Broadway (?). I loved her in The Other, and in that tiny role she played in The Boys From Brazil. I haven't seen her in anything else, but I'll bet she made a great Martha.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 3:06 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

I never saw VIRGINIA WOOLF in its original form, but I simply cannot imagine anyone bettering the film's cast. Certainly Richard Burton's finest moment on screen, in a performance for which he deserved the Oscar.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 4:10 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

We really gotta STOP this uncommon agreement bizness, PJ - folks are gonna figger
we're goin' soft in our escalatin' young age ... big grin

smile wink

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 4:16 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

As for the play version of

one of our
more talented Penn State peers appeared in its mid-80s Broadway cast ...

smile smile

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 4:21 PM   
 By:   CH-CD   (Member)

I have no idea what the appeal of CATS is. For me, it had one thing going for it, Betty Buckley (again) stopping the show. Then it had another friend of mine, Laurie Beechman doing the same thing. Otherwise, it had nothing, imo. Still, people love it. I just don't know why? By the way, when Buckley was hired for the show, that's all she was told by ALW. "I want you to stop the show." That's what she did. She is now in London, getting ready to stop the show in the London premiere of Jerry Herman's DEAR WORLD.

I never liked "CATS" either. Saw the London show three times...knew people in it at various times. Very "Ho-Hum"!

Love Betty Buckley. Have her "Memory" on tape. Thrilling !

She was also the best Norma in London's "Sunset Boulevard". A true STAR performance.

Can't wait to see "Dear World". Love that score.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 5:12 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Betty Buckley is the only good Norma. I've seen three. Glenn Close was the worst. In fact, her performance in Sunset Blvd. is the worst musical performance I've ever seen by a woman. She was far more enjoyable in UP WITH PEOPLE.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 6:38 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

I did enjoy the PHANTOM OF THE OPERA musical on screen and i also enjoyed WEBBER'S JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR on film even though it didn't do very well for Universal.

 Posted:   Jan 8, 2013 - 7:50 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

I LOVE Norman Jewison's Jesus Christ, Superstar!

My friend, Lois Carruth worked on that one.
She's credited as Lois LaSalle.

 Posted:   Jan 9, 2013 - 1:17 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I'd be interested to hear if anyone seen the recent Broadway production of 'Chaplin - The Musical' which has just finished its run there, or any of it's previous productions. The OBCR has just been released and I'm interested in any comments anyone may have on the score.

 Posted:   Jan 10, 2013 - 6:58 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

One of my favorite theatre experiences was seeing THE GIN GAME[no less then twice] on Broadway in 1978. Jessica Tandy and Hume Crouyn, were fantastic. The first time i saw it with my long gone ex- girlfriend i got seats nearly in the front row. Their performance were so dynamic i felt i was right in the middle of a family argument my girlfriend and i love it but was emotionally exhausted by the time it ended. It was so funny, my Girl during intermission had to composed herself by going to the ladies room for a few minutes.Great play. I wish they made it into a movie , it could worked, like Neil Simon films do. You know, have a laid back John Williams score in the background. Anyone see this one?

 Posted:   Jan 10, 2013 - 7:37 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

I'm sorry that I missed The Gin Game.
I have a framed poster in my home of 25 different Playbill covers from the 1977-78 Broadway theatre season. Of them I saw three: Dracula, with Frank Langella, The King & I, with Yul Brynner, and A Touch Of The Poet with Jason Robards.
The Playbill cover for The Gin Game is on that poster.
I'm sorry I missed it, and Sly Fox, with George C. Scott.

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